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The German government’s Energy Concept Long-term strategy for future energy supply

Author(s): Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Published: November 2010

With its Energy Concept the German government has formulated guidelines for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply and for the first time mapped a road into the age of renewable energies. The aim is to develop and implement an overall strategy for the period up to 2050. This provides long-term orientation while at the same time preserving the flexibility required for new technical and economic developments. Regular and consistent monitoring will help to identify and correct undesirable developments at an early stage.

With its Energy Concept the German government has formulated guidelines for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply and for the first time mapped a road into the age of renewable energies.

The aim is to develop and implement an overall strategy for the period up to 2050. This provides long-term orientation while at the same time preserving the flexibility required for new technical and economic developments. Regular and consistent monitoring will help to identify and correct undesirable developments at an early stage.

Renewable energies will contribute the major share to the energy mix of the future. On the path to achieving this, conventional energy sources will gradually be replaced by renewables in a dynamic energy mix. Nuclear energy will be a bridging technology on this road.

The nine fields of action are:

  • Renewable energies as a cornerstone of future energy supply
  • Energy efficiency as the key factor
  • Nuclear power and fossil-fuel power plants
  • An efficient grid infrastructure for electricity and integration of renewables
  • Energy upgrades for buildings and energy-efficient newbuild
  • The mobility challenge
  • Energy research towards innovation and new technologies
  • Energy supply in the European and international context
  • Acceptance and transparency

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